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Steve's Discussions

Garboard Drain
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My boat has a garboard drain with an internal T handle that is about 8" above the bottom of the keel, and happens to be in a spot I cannot reach. One of the previous owners decided to add two 100G…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan Stokely Jan 6.

Side Deck Drains

Our 47, like many others has a fully enclosed aft deck, with wing doors. We have a small 1/2" drain just in front of the doors in the outside channel and then behind that there is an opening that…Continue

Started Jan 2

Experiences replacing split A/C units with all-in-ones?
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My boat currently has 3 split A/C units - one in the salon that works but is too small, one in the aft that is dead and the forward one that actually cools the space.Ideally I would just replace the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Shaw Dec 24, 2017.

Electrical upgrade to 240V/50A
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I'd like to hear from others that have done this upgrade, from twin 120V/30A to 240V/50A.Our boat has questionable AC wiring throughout, that I didn't get to this year - so it's on the planning for…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy "Tim" Miller Nov 13, 2017.


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Which Commander model do you presently own?
47' Commander
Boat Year
Boat Name
International Eagle
Hull Number
Detroit 8V53
Home Port
South Bay Cove, Georgian Bay
Non US

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Forward Cabin

The forward cabin is my daughters room, it has two small beds so it allows her to have a friend stay the night. One design criteria for the rebuild of the interior was that we wanted to be able to sleep two families of 4 comfortably.

This is what the forward cabin looked like when we purchased the boat. As you can see, there are large window covers with curtains and 4 120VAC lights in the room.…


Posted on January 6, 2018 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Forward Head Progress

I'll begin at the bow of the boat and move aft as I post the changes we have made to our Commander. That makes the forward head first. This head is essentially the ensuite of our daughters cabin, but does get used by guests from time to time. As purchased, it had 120V lights (like the rest of the boat), and in this case they were on the bulkhead behind you as you look into the mirror - not ideal if you actually want to see your face in the mirror. This must have been a change made over the…


Posted on January 2, 2018 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

The Gut

When we purchased the boat we fully realized that the interior needed major work to bring it up to where we wanted it. There were a LOT of flower patterns, a lot of places where the wallpaper was coming up at the edges and massive green shag carpet everywhere. Every window had a solid valance which caused the interior to appear a lot smaller.

Being a 1969, there was never any real mahogany panels in the boat - lot's of mahogany support structure, but all the panels and bulkheads were…


Posted on January 1, 2018 at 11:30pm

The Beginning

We purchased our 1969 Commander 47 in October 2016, in Bay City, MI. It was a sound boat, with a perfect hull, and engines that 5-8 years ago had every lubricated part (except the cam shafts) replaced. They reportedly had only run about 100 hours since that overhaul. We put a lot of faith in what we were told about the boat as it was in storage when we purchased it and we were not able to perform a sea trial. The exterior was painted with Imron ~10 years ago and the canvas was in pretty good…


Posted on December 23, 2017 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

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At 11:54pm on November 28, 2017, Brian and Dawn Stone said…

Hi Steve!  Sorry, Brian is shrinkwrapping now and I have to just get him to check this here and there but I know he would love to talk to you!   The best way to get at him is email (especially now)  He has time in the am's to do that    His email is   Always happy to swap ideas with someone who's renovating too.... we are in analysis paralysis with some of our things (ok that's me not him lol)  Talk to you soon!!  Dawn 

At 12:26pm on November 4, 2017, Tim Toth said…

Steve....... keep your original trim tab set up . That design from Chris Craft is the best .. with no hose / log seal  . Fix the leak around the bronze  flange / hull seal .  I would also recommend fairing in a "ramp" inside the trim tab box area under the hull for better performance even at slower speeds .The 3 inch high vertical trailing edge creates a huge drag for the water to jump over at any speed .

I can send you pic`s of the  " ramp" I placed on my under hull trim tabs if you want . Installing Bennett tabs would be a large project with many new holes drilled to mount that system &  and cost  !!

Tim  Toth  /  Ohio


At 10:05pm on March 23, 2017, Michael L Regner said…
I was reading your profile and read that you have your boat in the Georgian bay. I love that body of water. I also live your 47' boat.

Club News

New Executive Committee

The results of the executive committee election are now in. As from January 1, 2108 the executive committee will have the following members:

  • Chief Commander - Lee Dahlen
  • Treasurer  John Rose, New!
  • Web Master - Pam Sorensen, New!
  • Archivist - Charlene Pike
  • Membership Chair - Matt Cowles
  • PR-Chair --- John Heenan, New!

Read about our new executive committee here. 


Photo Contest Winners

This year's CCCC Photo Contest saw a record number of participating photos. The winners of the of the top three positions are:

  1. James Frens with the photo of his 27 Commander, displayed to the left.
  2. Kevin R Mueller with a photo of his 42 Commander
  3. Greg Kay with a photo of his  42 Tournament fisherman.

Here is a slideshow featuring the top 10 photos.


New Issue Available

The Fall 2017 issue of the Commander Club's newsletter, Styled In Fiberglass, is now available for download.  

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